Before discovering her passion for flowers, Christina earned a cum laude degree in English Literature from UC Berkeley and worked in Silicon Valley for several years in high-tech advertising and marketing.

When life took her to Brussels, Belgium, she befriended a local flower shop’s owner and began an apprenticeship in floral design.  After three years in Brussels, where she had the opportunity to study floral design in Holland and visit Bloemenveiling Aalsmeer, the world’s largest flower auction, she moved to Los Angeles.  There she worked for several years in a flower studio in Bel Air where she created floral designs for many of Hollywood’s most famous stars.

Her love of the mountains and winter sports brought her to Lake Tahoe where she opened A Bud & Beyond to bring unique and stylish floral design to the Tahoe Basin.

”My style is natural and harmonious.  I like to use unexpected elements like fruit and vegetables alongside flowers as well as branches, rocks and mosses.  Each event I work on is different so I consult closely with the client to create designs that express their personality.  I use only the freshest product available, flown in from flower markets and growers as far away as Holland.  I accent my bridal work with French satin ribbons and I always try to find the perfect props to complement each venue”

Christina Averkin